The Jets’ plan after moving from the sixth overall pick to the third overall pick still isn’t clear. The Colts’ plan is much more obvious. They’re trying to add good, young players to a roster that doesn’t have nearly enough of them.
“It gives us a chance to really replenish our young talent, and start building a core of young talent that we need to do,” Ballard told the team’s official website in a video posted to social media. “I’ve said this since I walked in the door, you want to build with your own players. You want to draft and develop your own guys. That’s how you build a lasting organization and team that builds and grows together, and that’s important to us.”
Los Angeles suffered from starting the less-than-athletic Wiggins and Slauson last season. Feeney started nine games in place of Slauson, and it was clear he was an upgrade with his ability to create running lanes and get upfield. Lamp, an even better athlete than Feeney, figures to play either center or right guard.
There are always growing pains with young offensive linemen, as even Feeney struggled in pass protection. But the Chargers invested in these picks and must continue to be confident in head coach Anthony Lynn and his staff’s ability to develop them. Adding a veteran like center Mike Pouncey to complement those two could be a worthwhile risk that helps this line transform into a dominant run-blocking unit.
Plus, the Bills could now receive additional competition from another team in better position to skip ahead, provided a quarterback is within their sights. That’s Denver, which sits at No. 5 and may still be enticed to draft a quarterback, even after this week’s costly free-agent signing of Case Keenum. There’s also the possibility the Broncos could try to bluff Buffalo — which went the bridge quarterback route in free agency with AJ McCarron — into making a deal.
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The consensus top four quarterbacks in this year’s draft class are Wyoming’s Josh Allen, USC’s Sam Darnold, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and UCLA’s Josh Rosen.
No quarterback has been identified as Cleveland’s favorite yet. But by sending second-round picks in the next two drafts to Indianapolis, the Jets don’t appear worried about it, even if their top option is gone.